HEAD (in O. Eng. hlafod; the word is common to Teutonic languages; cf. Dutch hoofd, Ger. Haupt, generally taken to be in origin connected with Lat. caput, Gr. Ke<aXi7), the upper portion of the body in man, consisting of the skull with its integuments and contents, etc., connected with the trunk by the neck (see ANATOMY, SKULL and BRAIN); also the anterior or fore part of other animals. The word is used in a large number of transferred and figurative senses, generally with reference to the position of the head as the uppermost part, hence the leading, chief portion of anything.
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